Co-trainer Adrian Bott has revealed that the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) in September is the first major target for exciting colt Siege Of Quebec, who continued his impressive career start at Rosehill on Saturday.
Purchased by the famed Coolmore operation for $1.2 million, Siege Of Quebec debuted to racing for a classy win in Newcastle on June 27th and was sent off a $3.20 favourite second-up in the #TheRaces Handicap (1400m).
Having taken up the running after jumping well, the Fastnet Rock colt was joined on pace by Calculated as the field straightened, but showed plenty of fight and ability and maintained well to the line to record a half-length win.
Bott was on hand for Siege Of Quebec’s second win on Saturday and told Racenet that the immediate plan for the talented colt is a maiden appearance amongst Group 1 company in the 2017 Golden Rose.
“He looked under a bit of pressure at the top of the straight but that’s just the colt, he’s certainly got plenty of fighting qualities,” Bott said.
“He’s such a naturally talented horse but there’s a lot of raw ability there at the moment.
“He’s still working out what it’s all about, still learning when to quicken, when to let down but when he’s challenged he knows exactly what to do and importantly at the moment he knows where the line is.
“He’s bred to be anything. Once he puts it all together and learns he’ll be a serious horse.
“The immediate plan is that we will be heading towards the Golden Rose.
“We have a plan mapped out for him, probably going through the Ming Dynasty leading in.”
Siege Of Quebec won three barrier trials prior to make his racing debut on tracks varying in rating from good to soft and heavy.
Kementari is currently a $7 early favourite in 2017 Golden Rose betting markets, while Siege Of Quebec is sure to be prominent when he is included in calculations.